Friday, February 29, 2008

omg . . . too much fun!!!

i scrapped tonight and had soooo much fun! didn't finish anything. . . but hey . . . that's just me!!!

i scrapped tonight with two awesome ladies that live in my new neighborhood!!! this was the first time i had met either one of them . . . but i was immediately comfortable . . . and they scrap like me . . . pokey!!!! i look forward to scrapping with them more!!!

am going to scrap again tomorrow at elliot's in marysville. will hopefully have something finished to post before i leave for the weekend! off too bed now!
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

is it thursday already?!?!?!?!?


what a busy week it has been! the only scrappin' i've had a chance to do was making a card for ryan's 15th birthday. i did manage to spend a lot of time trying to further perfect my blog. let me know if you like the changes! oh . . . and i got to fill up my new organizer!!!!!

i've made a few changes to my blog. earlier in the week i figured out how to add captions to my pictures. still need to go back and caption previous posts . . . but that will have to be on another day! i have also added a comment form directly to the bottom of my posts. soo many people have been looking at my blog . . .but no one's talkin' to me ::pouting in corner:: so i have made it much easier for you to talk to me and let me know what you think! feel free to leave me a comment . . . i don't bite! i have also changed my main page so that only a small pararaph shows on the main page with a read more link if you are interested in reading more or seeing the photos i have attached. finally . . . i moved some of my links . . . pasts posts, to die for, and labels, are all under the post now instead of to the right. it works perfect on the main page but you have to scroll down past the comment form on the post pages. no worries . . . if you don't want to scroll that far once in the post, just close the window that popped up with the post and it will take you back to the main page!

yesterday was ryan's 15th birthday. we had a few of his friends over for pizza and cake. he wants a guitar for his birthday cuz he and his friends want to start a band! YIKES!!! luckily they will have to play at the drummer's house . . . hehehehehe!! he is going down to fresno for the weekend to see his mom and brother, so we will get his guitar for him sometime next week. he has been messing around on one of his friend's guitars and sounds pretty good . . . so i can't wait to for him to take lessons! oh . . . new scrappin' opportunities too. . . ooooooooooooooooh . . . now i have a reason to buy the rock star paper by dcwv!!! LOL!!! here's the card i made for ryan. i got the inspiration from a card i saw on twopeasinabucket but i don't remember who did the original and can't find it . . . sorry!

bday card for ryan
by {pam}
inspiration from twopeas

so . . . earlier in the week richard brought home this awesome storage container with 18 drawers in it. don't rush out and try to find one. it's original use is to store coffee packets in offices. one of his customers was going to throw it out so he snagged it for me. (i know . . . i know . . . what a catch!!!) it is perfect for holding my ribbon and paints. i have spent all week organizing this and am soooooo happy with the results.

ribbon and paint storage

fits perfect on my expedit shelf

ribbon drawer

paint drawer

tonight i am going to meet some more new friends in my neighbor who scrap. i am sooooo excited. so . . . i guess that means i better get my act together and figure out what i'm going to work on! off to plan my layouts (and pay bills . . . ugh) . . . so go create something!!! :-x

got home from paying bills and my new ott-lite had come in!!! wooooo hoooooo! it is soooo bright! can't wait to scrap with it!

and here's a little humor at my expense . . . my online name on another forum is pirish. if you know me . . . you know how i got that name. anyway . . . someone on that forum sent me a link to a t-shirt that says "kiss me i'm pirish". i thought to myself . . . why would that be on a t-shirt?!?!?! so i did some research . . OMG!!!! tooo freakin' funny!!! here are the definitions for pirish:

1. the language of pirates!

2. a group of irish individuals who roam the high seas in search of plunder.

3. A pikey whom is also irish. Also known as the worst kind of pikey. usually drunk on irish whisky and tends to smell of cow fart.

in case you don't know what a pikey is:

used to describe anyone who lives in a caravan or shares the same values and "culture" of "the travelling community", and whose main sources of income are as follows:

stealing cars, flogging roses in pubs for "childrens' charities", nicking lead off roofs, burgling garden sheds, blagging entry to old peoples house to rob them, doing dodgy tarmac jobs ("we've got some black stuff left over from a job up the road"), sometimes with mint imperials used as a substitute for white chippings, or, reportedly, using snow to lay slabs on when the sand ran out, stealing your bollocks if they weren't in a bag and anything else that's not nailed down and anything that is nailed down but will fit in the back of an untaxed transit when nobody's looking.

that last definition of pirish is a hoot . . . richard always wondered where that smell came from! LOL!!! Read more on "is it thursday already?!?!?!?!?"!

Monday, February 25, 2008

productive weekend . . .

well, the scrappin' urge continued all weekend. i was able to finish all of the layouts for the challenges i wanted to do . . . except for the method playground challenge. i am still struggling with how to do this one. it was a challenge to create a layout with no photos. i actually came up with the journaling already (i know . . . i know . . . don't faint) but haven't figured out the design yet. i have spent literally all day today scanning and uploading my layouts. need to start doing this after each layout cuz this made for a really boring day!

the first layout is one i did for twopeas' inspiration challenge #59. the challenge was to use a quote from a famous black american in recognition of black history month. i chose the quote, "turn your wounds into wisdom," by oprah winfrey. this is a layout that has been in the works for over two years now. if you know me, you know how horrible my marriage was. this layout started the night i came back from my first WEAVE meeting. it was in april or may of 2005. (for some stupid reason i didn't write down the date.) immediately upon getting home i wrote out the journaling for this layout. i tried several different techniques to make my picture look like i was broken, but my face would come up really distorted each time. i found the perfect overlay at scrapbook expo in 2006 but never finished the layout. when i saw this quote from oprah, i was inspired to finish the layout. i also used sketch this: 42 for the design of the layout. i must say that i am VERY happy with the way this layout turned out . . . especially for being such a hard subject! (clarification: the journaling on this layout is about a time prior to my rockin' bf entering my life!)

i am a battered woman
by {pam}

  • inspiration challenge 59
  • sketch this: 42

  • this layout was for twopeas' BOS challenge #102. BOS stands for book of scraps (a place that you can bookmark layouts you like). this is a scraplifting challenge . . . another thing i love cuz someone has already done all of the hard work . . . you just have copy and pesonalize! how easy is that! :) i used a layout called "growing up"created by 2BG. her layout (the second one below) is a digital layout. i had fun with this layout cuz i got to use some of my favorite paper and girly colors . . . even tho they are golf pictures. the fun circle and journaling on the side was created using my new crafter's workshop template . . . circle circle dot dot. i love it! i want more! (check out some of their other templates in my "to die for" list to the left.) on easter 2007, richard played a round of golf at woodcreek golf course. on the 16th hole he asked if i wanted to play a hole. i had never swung a club on a golf course before so i gave it a shot. my journaling tells the tale of an awesome drive, an okay 2nd shot and a series of horrible shots trying to sink the stupid little white ball!

    par 10
    by {pam}
  • bos challenge #102

  • growing up by 2BG
    at twopeasinabucket

    this is a layout of richard golfing at woodcreek golf course on that same easter sunday. he said some really funny things that day, so i saved them in a draft text message in my cell phone since i knew i would be scrappin' the pictures i took. the title comes from one of his quotes that day. the left side of the layout was created using sketch this: 44. the right side is from a sketch #7 on 52 sketches . . . 52 weeks. did i say i love using sketches?!?!?!? i really like how this turned out. the paper and the quirkiness of the layout matches richard's humor.

    meet sir crush alot
    by {pam}

  • sketch this: 44

  • 52 sketches #7

  • and here's another layout from woodcreek golf course on the same day. for the left side, i used pencil lines sketch #72. on the right, my inspiration was from got sketch? #45. can i just say i adore the picture of him picking his butt! LOL!!! the vellum quote came from quick quotes. i picked it up at scrapbook expo this year! the photo corners on the vellum quote were created using a method i provided a link for in "cool techniques" to the left. check it out . . . so simple!

    by {pam}

  • pencile lines #72

  • got sketch? #45

  • i need to mention that i had a lot of help scanning my layouts today. thank you so very much bo and bella! :)

    to further prove that he is the rockinest bf ever . . . richard brought me home another cool thing for me to organize my ribbon and paints in. my goal tonight is to plan my layouts for challenges for this week, clean my scrap room and fill my new organizational bins! so . . . i'm off . . . stop readin' this and go create something! :-x

    [special note: i would like to thank tom at tom and spavel and sparerep for all of his patience in helping me create captions for my photos. u rock tom!!!]

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    Saturday, February 23, 2008

    tons of fun . . .

    i had so much fun last night scrapping. i thought it was just going to be me and linda and one of her friends. turned out that lisa and carl came as well! i hadn't seen either of them in a long while. kb worked the crop . . . so i got to spend time with her too! i forgot how much fun all of us have. need to make it a point to do this at least once a month!

    as usual . . . the pokey scrapper only finished one layout last night. it is the final layout for foxtail golf club. i used pencil lines sketch # 69 for inspiration! (gotta love them sketches!) notice how i left the journaling part out . . . hehehehe! the score card for this course was an obnoxious green that didn't match my layout. cricut to the rescue! the fabulous finds cartridge has a library pocket. it was big enough to not only hold the score card but also to put a picture on the front! WOOHOO!!!

    after scrapping last night . . . i have the urge to do more . . . so i'm off to create! will update my post after i finish the layouts and scan them all! Read more on "tons of fun . . ."!

    Friday, February 22, 2008

    yeah . . . i get to scrap tonight!!

    i am sooo excited! i am meeting one of my friends at the lss to scrap tonight! can't wait! spent the day looking at challenges i need to complete and planning my layouts. i only hope my friend doesn't faint when i walk in since i am only taking my rolling bag and that's it! (i know . . . can you believe it?!?!?!?) when i was planning my layouts, i used sketches from pencil lines, sketch this, and 52 weeks . . . 52 sketches. oh . . . and the bos challenge on twopeas. i just love doing sketch challenges . . . i get a lot done faster and it makes it so easy to plan and take only what you need! hopefully i will have a bunch of layouts to post tomorrow morning.

    i have made a huge scrapping decision . . . i'm going hybrid. there are so many awesome digital embellishments out there that i would love to use. however . . . there is NO way i can ever give up my total addiction to paper! (wow . . . just realized that i have many "drugs" of choice when it comes to scrapping . . . paper, stamps, chipboard, ink, rub-ons . . . yikes . . . it's worse than i thought! good thing i'm attending a meeting tonight! LOL!)

    i couldn't sleep last night, so i was cruising twopeas' digital section. found out that i can upload embellies and open them in word to use. this is cool cuz i can print the embellie on a transperancy and use it on my layout. i can't wait! guess that means i need to get a working printer soon :o i also found a free photo editing program . . . GIMP. i uploaded it and tried playing with it a little. think i need to read the manual first . . . ugh!

    k . . . i need to finish getting my stuff together so i can leave when richard gets home. have a happy friday night . . . and go create something! Read more on "yeah . . . i get to scrap tonight!!"!

    Thursday, February 21, 2008

    busy days!

    yesterday and today were busy, busy days! spent most of the time running errands yesterday and cleaning house today . . . ewwwwwwwwwwwww! i did manage to make it into a scrapbook store for the first time in ages. i was sooooo overwhelmed with all of the new stuff! green tangerine in rocklin is the rockinest scrap store. i love the way they have their stuff organized and they have such awesome products there! i spent far too long in there . . . and far too much money as well. plan to work on a project tomorrow night using the product i bought.

    today my honey did something i never would have expected from him. he bought me 2 dozen red roses. granted . . . he did it to get out of the dog house . . . but it was still so very sweet. he had told me when i first met him that he doesn't ever buy flowers and to never expect them. that was fine with me. i was floored when he humbly walked in the door with them today. i love ya babe!!!

    haven't had time to scrap or organize my room for the past two days so nothing new to post. am going to a crop at scrapbook station tomorrow so i hope to have some stuff to post on saturday.

    not much else to say . . . and it's time to watch idol . . . so i'm outta here! go create something! Read more on "busy days!"!

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008

    wasted day . . .

    if you know me well . . . you would say i'm a perfectionist in all areas. this blog thing is no exception. i wasn't completely happy with the original layout and i was having issues with getting my slideshow to show up. after a whole lot of research and seeking out some help, i think i finally got it. the bummer is that once again i have spent the whole day working on my blog and not scrapping! AARRGGHH!!

    i did manage to get one layout completed yesterday. both sides of the layout were completed for challenges. the photos are of richard playing golf at the foxtail golf club in rohnert park, ca. one of his best friends lives in the bay area and plays in a band. one time when we were visiting, he played a round of golf here. he didn't play so well, but the course was sooooo beautiful.

    This side was for inspiration challenge #56 on twopeasinabucket. (yeah, so they are on challenge #60 and i'm on #56 . . . ya wanna make somethin' of it? LOL!) i couldn't resist having the top photo printed as a 12x8. the mountains in the background were just too gorgeous.

    this side was for pencil lines sketch # 71. (i'm kinda up to date here . . . skipped about 6 challenges, but i will play catch up . . . i promise!) i slightly changed the sketch by rotating it to the side in order to fit my photos. richard didn't like playing the hole that is shown in the upper left photo. he lost three balls in the water trap. oh well . . . the beauty of the course and the other 3 guys he played with (including my company) made the round very enjoyable. besides . . . he never has a bad time playing golf . . . even when he doesn't do well!

    i completed these two layouts on saturday. i had the wonderful opportunity to meet two fellow scrappers in my new community. it's hard to explain . . . but we feel kinda removed here. it's kinda like living out in the country with suburbia plopped right in the middle of it. all of the decent shopping is at least 15 minutes away. i meet the two women i scrapped with on a forum for our community. i had fun that evening and met two new friends.

    the first layout is of nature at foxtail golf club. every time we go to a new golf course, i go with richard and take pictures. of course, i have to take pictures of the wildlife and scenery in order to document the whole experience. (isn't that what we scrappers are supposed to do?) richard thinks it is the funniest thing and doesn't see them as "golf picutes" . . .but i still put them in his album :) i got the inspiration for this layout from a sketch on twopeasinabucket.

    i noticed throughout all of the pictures i take of richard golfing that i have several of him squatted on the green planning his putt. when i took these pictures, i didn't have any particular layout in mind . . . but as i was looking through my pictures to finish pencil lines sketch # 68, i came up with this idea. i LOVE how this layout turned out! i have never done one with such a big title . . . but it was fun! (oh yea . . . one more pencil lines sketch out of the way but still behind!)

    off to town now! i need to get a new blade for my cutter and do that silly thing called grocery shopping! hopefully i'll get a chance to scrap tonight! adios for now! Read more on "wasted day . . ."!

    Monday, February 18, 2008

    i finally did it . . .

    i have been avoiding it for a very long time . . . but i can't any longer. i have given in to the blog trend. it seems to me a much better way to share my love of scrapbooking and the layouts i create. so here it is . . . . SCRAPAHOLICS ANON!

    since i have been off the past two weeks, i have been busy trying to organize my scraproom. it is still in the works . . . and quite messy. i am very proud of what i have done so far!

    i purchased a rolling file cart and legal sized folders to store my paper. all of my cardstock and patterned paper is now stored in here. it makes it so much easier to use. unfortunately, one wasn't enough, so i will need to buy another cart and some more folders to store the rest of the paper. this is also where i keep my cricut mats and large cutting mats. i made the 12x12 folders. the tabs were created using scraps i had left and my new cricut cartridge, fabulous finds!

    here is a link to make our own 12x12 file folders using legal sized folders. it was very easy!

    ok . . . so how many times have you searched through tons of separate bags of chipboard letters only to find that you are all out of the letter "a"? i came up with the perfect solution . . . thank to some people on twopeasinabucket! i now have all of my chipboard alphabets stored by letter in 3 photo storage boxes. i made cardstock boxes to store each letter in using an index card box as a template. for some reason i had 26 sheets of this cardstock on hand, so it was much cheaper to make them than to buy 26 index card boxes at $1 each. the tabs were made with the fabulous finds cricut cartridge.

    my next project was to organize all of those little scraps of paper i have been saving for 8 years in various plastic shopping bags . . .and not using! i bought four 3-drawer sterlite units from big lots for $3 each. i now have all of my scraps organized by color and . . . surprise, surprise . . . am actually using it! (hope you were sitting down for that little tidbit! LOL!)

    since richard bought me a cricut and some cartridges for christmas and valentine's day, i needed to come up with a way to make my cartridges more portable. i didn't want to carry around the big boxes they come in. i found a post on twopeasinabucket for a storage container made by snap-n-stack. i couldn't find the exact one she used but i did find this one at joann's that was originally meant for storing ribbon. my name on the front was made with the all mixed up cartridge. the pink dividers on the inside were created with the fabulous finds cartridge. i mounted the paper on chipboard to make it a little sturdier. behind each divider is a book and keyboard. the cartridges are kept in the bottom snap-off section of the container. i need to figure out a way to keep the cartridges in place . . . probably a piece of chipboard with velcro so that i can stack another layer on top!

    all of the credit for my next project goes to my awesome rockin' boyfriend, richard! i kept showing him different posts about homemade versions of the clip it up. i knew the clip it up was perfect for me to store all of my embellies, but i couldn't figure out how i wanted to do it. so one day, he walks around ikea with the sole purpose of trying to find the perfect clip it up for me.
    this is an antonius clothes drying rack from ikea. it hangs from the ceiling on a pulley system and can be moved up and down. (exceptionally nice for those lazy days when you don't wanna get out of the chair!) i used silver binder rings and silver binder clips to attach my embellies to the rack. it is nowhere near full right now . . . silly me forgot to buy enough binder clips and rings. i will post more pictures when i have filled it up! don't i have the most awesome bf?!?!?!?

    ok . . . i have now spent far too much time creating this blog and not enough time scrapping. off to scrap now! will post layouts later! (i promise my posts won't be so long next time! :)
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    Friday, February 15, 2008

    to die for . . . my wish list

    if you know me well . . . you know i can NEVER have too much when it comes to scrappin' supplies!!! this internet thing is sooooo very dangerous when it comes to my scrappin' addiction! hi . . . my name is pam . . . and i'm a scrapaholic! {hehehehehe}

    these are some of the things that i can't live without!

  • basic grey magnetic mat

  • best of becky higgins' sketches

  • cricut cartridge - storybook {new}

  • cricut cartridge - cuttin up

  • cricut cartridge - doodle type

  • cricut cartridge - makin' the grade

  • cricut cartridge - mickey font

  • cricut cartridge - mini monograms

  • cricut cartridge - opposites attract

  • cricut cartridge - paper pups

  • design runner

  • deisgn runner disc maker

  • inque boutique - petals stamp set

  • inque boutique - narrative elements stamp set

  • inque boutique - mini moments like this stamp

  • inque boutique - mini note it stamp

  • inque boutique - mini wish list stamp

  • inque boutique - mini arrows stamp set

  • inque boutique - stephanie barnard circle it stamp set

  • large expedit bookcase

  • laser ruler

  • mini arrows template

  • mini doohickeys template

  • mini dots all around doodling template

  • mini swirls & dots template

  • oodles of doodles book

  • papertrey ink - borders & corners {square} stamp set

  • papertrey ink - borders & corners {rectangles} stamp set

  • papertrey ink - borders & corners {circles} stamp set

  • papertrey ink - borders & corners {ovals} stamp set

  • papertrey ink - polka dot basics stamp set

  • sam moon bag

  • tweezer bee

  • Read more on "to die for . . . my wish list"!